Belfast Blitz plaque back on show year after theft
A PLAQUE commemorating the Belfast Blitz is back on the wall of the old Belfast Telegraph building just over a year after it was stolen.
The small plate, which had been displayed at the front of the former newspaper offices on Royal Avenue, was taken in April last year.
The inscription on the plate still reads: "The scars on this stone were caused in the German Air raids of the Second World War.
"Despite severe damage to the building the Belfast Telegraph was published without interruption."
The theft happened less than two weeks after the 80th anniversary of the Blitz.
The Irish News reported the theft at the time and how the building's owners, Bel Tel LLP, had appealed for the plaque's return.
Some days later the panel was left at the nearby Maverick bar by a customer who claimed to have found it near the Shankill Road.
Kate Nicholl, the then-Belfast lord mayor, later visited The Irish News and took possession of the plaque on behalf of the council, who are one of the new owners of the iconic building.
The plaque has been returned to its original position on the wall of the Belfast Telegraph building.
A Belfast City Council spokesperson last night said it could "confirm that a plaque commemorating the Belfast Blitz which was removed from the wall of the old Belfast Telegraph building has been reinstalled at the site".